Insightful, disturbing, and mesmerizing in their lyrical precision, the stories in Lovely, Dark, Deep display Joyce Carol Oates's astonishing ability to make visceral the fear, hurt, and uncertainty that lurks at the edges of ordinary lives.
In "Mastiff," a woman and a man are joined in an erotic bond forged out of terror and gratitude. "Sex with Camel" explores how a sixteen-year-old boy realizes the depth of his love for his grandmother - and how vulnerable those feelings make him. Fearful that her husband is vanishing from their life, a woman becomes obsessed with keeping him in her sight in "The Disappearing." "A Book of Martyrs" reveals how the end of a pregnancy brings with it the end of a relationship. And in the title story, the elderly Robert Frost is visited by an interviewer, a troubling young woman who seems to know a good deal more about his life than she should.
A piercing and evocative collection, Lovely, Dark, Deep reveals Joyce Carol Oates at her most imaginative and unsettling.
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By lil' old me on 05-03-17
Interesting Having Oates' Stories Together
Certain stories were riveting, and I definitely anticipated the endings. But many I found a bit lackluster, personally.
Still, Joyce Carol Oates is a favorite writer of mine overall, and listening to these reminded me why: she has a way of almost immediately locking you into her characters, and you find yourself invested in them, if nothing else.
I do think they could have picked mire than 2 readers.... for so many stories, their voices, IMO, became tired to listen to.
By Monica on 10-01-17
Definitely Dark and Deep
She lives up to your need for near poetic photo perfect details about life. Scenes which were handled well but were nearly graphic for my vivid imagination.